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Copper Roller

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Looking for some information about William Thomas Copper Roller. He was b c1750 and in 1783 he was a Copper Roller in Wraysbury Buckinghamshire.
There is a Copper Mill road in Wraysbury where I assume the mill once stood; I know that William was not born in Wraysbury

I do know there was a Thomas Williams MP for Marlowe known as the Copper King and I believe the Wraysbury mill was a part of his Empire.

What I'm looking for is: Could William have been working at the Mill in Swansea?? And how he came to be lving in Wraysbury?? Where would I find this kind of information?? And biggest question of all how would he have made his money?? He was described as a gentleman when he died 22/12/1822, owning three properties in the Wraysbury Sunbury-on-Thames area.


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Yes Dave, that's how I found he was a Copper roller, but I still don't know how or why William came to be in Wraysbury. I was wondering if it was a specialized occupation and he relocated??

Thanks for looking

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Firstly, did William Thomas marry, and where. Did he have children baptized in Wraysbury. Which may indicate when he 'arrived' there.
Are you assuming with the surname of Thomas, that he is Welsh, or of Swansea.

When did Thomas Williams MP. buy the Mill, and who from. Where were his origins. This maybe helpful, if the dates coincide with your relatives arrival in the area.

Was this the only copper mill in the area. Look at trade directories, if their are any.

Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies maybe able to help. Drop them an email. http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/centre-for-buckinghamshire-studies/

Likewise BucksFHS. http://www.bucksfhs.org.uk/

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William was married three times all in Wraysbury, first to Catherine Conway in 1769, I got this information from someone else as the records are not on any genealogy site.
Both this wife and one of his daughters Anne are buried at St Andrew's graveyard, this information is online. His second wife Jane is also buried there, along with William himself.
Bucks history society have said he wasn't baptised at Wraysbury that he must be from somewhere else, that's all they could tell me.
Information about Copper in Wales which mentions the Thames Valley:

http://www.welshcopper.org.uk/en/copper-guides_exhibition_wales.htm

Some information about Thomas Williams

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Williams_of_Llanidan

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Not a lot of help, but William was listed a 'Copper Manufacturer' at his second marriage, I can't see either of his other marriages in the bonds :rolleyes:

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A Jane Morris was a witness for his will, I believe she was his servant. His third marriage in 1815 was to a Mary Morris....a possible sister to Jane... she was left with half the contents of their house and £800 for her own use. She remarried after his death to a Robert Style.
Genuki has the inscriptions for the churchyard:

http://met.open.ac.uk/genuki/big/eng/BKM/Wraysbury/MIs.html

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